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French side Paris Saint Germain have accepted that highly-rated young centre-back Mamadou Sakho will most likely leave the Parc des Princes this summer after they failed to negotiate a new contract with the player.
A fully fledged international having made his debut for Laurent Blanc’s new-look Les Bleus against England last year, Sakho is known to have admirers across the continent with Arsenal, Liverpool and several sides in Italy thought to be keeping tabs on his progress.
Having forced his way into the starting line-up at the age of 17, the Parisian born stopper became PSG’s youngest ever captain just a few months after his debut. An integral part of the PSG set-up he has been widely praised for his tactical awareness, physicality and versatility.
Speaking about his young charge, manager Antoine Kombouare revealed to French press:
“We tried to extend Sakho’s contact. I really want to keep him at the club, but on a financial level we could not make it and had to postpone talks.
“We don’t have the means to prolong the stay of a very important boy with a bright future.”
Sakho’s current contract ends in the summer of 2012 but with the player eligible to pen a pre-contract agreement with potential suitors six months before that, it is believed that the PSG hierarchy will try and cash in on their star man at the end of the current Ligue 1 season.
In contrast to the story above, L’Equipe claim that Paris Saint-Germain have in fact offered Mamadou Sakho a new contract.
However, that is not to say that he might leave.
The French newspaper claims that PSG are willing to pay Sakho around £49,000 per week, but the player himself believes that a transfer abroad could result in wages of around £79,000 every seven days.
That is a figure certainly within Arsenal’s wage structure, but it seems rather a large amount for Arsene Wenger to expect to give to a 20 year-old.
Sakho might be a France international with a great deal of promise, but his extraordinarily high demands might leave him in no man’s land.
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